I make bad jokes about Monty-style code. I don't like to read or modify it. I love to run it in production. It never crashes. It never leaks memory. I exaggerate a little bit but not too much. It is remarkably stable.
This is an amazing accomplishment. Alas some of the senior developers who did that at MySQL have since left. Another senior developer left this week. I hope this trend does not continue.
Everyone can be replaced. Smart people can be found. But smart and productive people are not as widely available and it takes a while to figure out how things are done in MySQL. I know because I have made a lot of mistakes while trying to make things better.
Perhaps the Google response is appropriate. Everyone gets a 10% raise and a $1000 holiday bonus.
I did not submit this to http://planet.mysql.com